Loved by the locals: Auckland

Spread over 4000km of designated marine park, the glistening waters of the Hauraki Gulf reach from the shores of Auckland...


Auckland Sky Tower and the illuminated light path bicycle lane beside the highway. © Mlenny 
Hobbiton Movie Set Tours Visit website

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Kawau: an island apart

Locals describe living on Kawau Island as ‘quiet.' It’s not surprising; there are no proper roads and no shops, not even a dairy. Read the story . . . 

Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel Visit website

In the heart of downtown Auckland. Apartment style layout catering for doubles, twins, quads, 6 share & 8 share dorms & female only dorms. Onsite . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea. Read the story . . . 

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New Haven Motel Visit website

New Haven Motel is ideally situated for travellers, whether they are on business or holiday. Tucked away in the heart of New Lynn, just a . . . More . . . 

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Mt Eden Motel Visit website

Quiet, central location. Fully self-contained 1, 2 & 3-bedroom family units, serviced daily. Minutes drive to city, showgrounds, hospitals, Eden Park, zoo, shops, restaurants, Mt . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

West Brook Winery Visit website

West Brook Winery is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most respected boutique wineries owned and operated by the renowned Ivicevich family winemakers. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Urban explorer: Ponsonby

Wealthy, good-looking and oh-so-hip, if Ponsonby was a kid you went to school with, you’d probably hate them. Read the story . . . 

Leigh Sawmill Cafe & Accommodation Visit website

Stay at the famous Leigh Sawmill Café - Stylish & Comfortable Accommodation retaining the character of the original saw milling shed - a wonderful hideaway . . . More . . . 

Omega Rental Cars, Auckland Airport Visit website

Omega Rental Cars Auckland Airport has a full range of modern hire cars including hatchbacks, sedans, 4-wheel drives and people movers. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  Read the story . . . 

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Rydges Auckland

Rydges Auckland Accommodation Boasts Vibrant Style, Modern Amenities & Unparalleled Service. New Zealand’s premiere Auckland accommodation is a vibrant mix of London sophistication, Sydney cool . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Urban explorer: Point Chevalier

If you’re partial to a peninsula and you like your city settlements on the quirky side, the trio of suburbs near central Auckland’s inner harbour is well worth exploring.  Read the story . . . 

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